Jake Sullivan, the US president’s national security adviser, told CNN on Sunday that Joe Biden’s administration would impose further sanctions on Russian citizens and companies in connection with the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and the construction of the North Stream 2 gas pipeline. .
Sullivan responded in this way to a CNN reporter’s comment on the criticism of his party colleague, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez. He pointed out that the Fidel administration had not imposed new sanctions on Russia in the Navalny case within the time frame required by Congress.
One of the presidential advisers said the White House was preparing a new set of rules on the matter, which would be implemented once it was confirmed that the right individuals or organizations would be affected.
“We have shown from the beginning that we do not want to use the reduced fee, regardless of solar winds (cyber attack), election interference or novelty,” Sullivan said.
When asked to remove some of the restrictions on Nord Stream 2, the presidential adviser said the White House’s criticism was a “misunderstanding” because the Biden administration had banned several companies associated with the gas pipeline connection. He also acknowledged that the White House had avoided imposing sanctions on “German citizens” and “Swiss companies”, citing North Stream 2AG and its nominal boss, Matthias Warnick, a longtime friend of Vladimir Putin.
– When Biden took office, the gas pipeline was 90 percent complete, built under the (Donald) Trump administration. So the question was whether we would do this directly using our allies and partners. President Biden said he was not prepared to do this. What we are doing is imposing sanctions every three months on the Russian companies involved in the project, we will continue to do, he said.
In another Sunday interview, for ABC television, Sullivan, among others, was quoted by KCNA as saying that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un – Pyongyang was ready for “dialogue and confrontation” with the United States. A White House spokesman said this was an “interesting signal” but that a clear declaration of desire was needed to begin talks with North Korea.
“They can send us a clear signal,” Yes, we will. Let’s sit down and start a conversation, “said Sullivan.
In an interview with the ABC on the status of negotiations on a return to a nuclear deal with Iran, he pointed out that there was still a long way to go between the two sides on key issues to be resolved.
The Biden administration has previously signaled that it wants to end negotiations before the new president, Ibrahim Raisi, takes office on Friday. However, as Sullivan noted, elections do not change the situation greatly because the key decision-maker in Iran remains the same – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
“We will see if the Iranian negotiators come to the next round of talks and make the tough choices they have to make,” the adviser said. It marked the Vienna Six-Party Agreement, whose next round ended on Sunday.
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